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19 April 2018

STUDENTS AND STAFF WEAR PURPLE FOR EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY

Staff and students at The Kings of Wessex Academy had a uniform component in common at the end of the Spring Term when they wore something purple to support Epilepsy Awareness Day. Nationally, the designated day was Monday 26 March 2018. But as this date fell in the school Easter holidays, it was decided to schedule on the last day of term on Friday 23 March 2018. So students and staff raided their wardrobes for all sorts of purple clothing, including purple tops, ties, and tights and lots of purple accessories. Students in Textiles even braved the mucky world of dyeing to dye t-shirts purple to be part of this awareness day. It certainly brought some happy brightness to the day. £943.46 was raised during the day to support the work of charities SUDEP Action and Epilepsy Action and followed the special assembly earlier in the term when the Senior Student Team welcomed Mr Mark Phillips, Trustee from the national charity SUDEP Action to present him with a cheque for over £3,600 as one of their nominated charities from last year’s Charities Week. Epilepsy is a cause close to the hearts of many students at Kings as they still remember former student Johdi...... more




18 April 2018

IONA AWARDED TOP LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations to Year 12 student Iona Neill at The Kings of Wessex Academy who has been awarded a place on the “German Scholarships Programme” run by UK-German Connection, a bilateral-Government initiative for school and youth links. Established in 2005 and funded and governed by the UK and German Governments, the British Council and the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst, the German Scholarship Programme (Internationales Preisträgerprogramm) is a four-week programme during the summer holidays in various locations throughout Germany. This programme is for students with an exceptionally high level of German, and who have achieved excellent results and have a high level of interest in the language and culture, good general knowledge about Germany; as well as excellent personal, social and intercultural skills. Iona will be travelling in Germany for the four weeks in a mixed international groups; two weeks of which will be spent in a German host family where she will be able to practise her German language skills. Iona has done especially well as this is a high-profile Government programme, and only eight students from the UK are selected each year. The...... more




18 April 2018

BETTINE AND JAMIE'S SAILING SEASON STARTS WITH A VERY FAIR WIND

Successful sailing brother and sister duo Bettine and Jamie Harris at The Kings of Wessex Academy have demonstrated once again their reputations are intact as the racing season gets underway. Year 10 student Bettine, with her helm Megan Ferguson have qualified to represent GBR sailing at the 420 dinghy European championships in Portugal and World Championships in Newport Rhode Island, USA. Bettine began her sailing career at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC) and was competing in the final selector and RYA Youth National Championships in Largs, Scotland during the Easter break. In a tense final day’s racing, the pair managed to clinch the Girls’ Team Silver Medal for the event and 3rd Girls for the selector series as a whole. As the current Cadet Class National Champion, Bettine is supported by Somerset Charity TS5C and commenting on her selection said: “It was a really tough competition with so many varied wind strengths and frustrating conditions. We could only race on three days out of the five and it was bitterly, bitterly cold. But we sailed really well to guarantee our place in both the 420 Europeans Championships and the World Championships....... more




17 April 2018

FLORENCE TAKES TOP PRIZE IN PONY CLUB DRESSAGE COMPETITION

On the run up to her GCSE exams this summer, Year 11 student Florence Human has demonstrated that determination and skill can yield top results when she won the Dengie sponsored Pony Club Winter Dressage Championship (Open) at Addington Manor, Milton Keynes (on Saturday 14 April 2018). Dressage is the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance and Florence was riding her horse, Dylan (proper name Fulgencio). This was the national competition for riders from all across the UK who belong to the Pony Club and about 100 riders were competing. Florence is a keen member of the Polden Hills branch. As well as the Open Competition, Florence also won the Open Freestyle competition at the same event; which is dressage set to music, and both the music and the movements are choreographed by the rider; hence the name’ ‘freestyle.’ Florence’s next major competition is in May when she will be representing Somerset in the British Dressages’ Inter County Challenge at the Bicton Arena in Devon. Florence first got on a horse when she was less than a year old and is interested in pursuing a career in...... more




17 April 2018

KINGS' GIRLS ARE SOMERSET HANDBALL CHAMPIONS!

Friday 13th proved to be auspicious and lucky for the Year 10 girls who were crowned the Somerset County Handball Champions. But the girls’ triumph was due to more than luck when the P.E. Department escorted twenty Year 10 students to compete in the Somerset U15 Handball competition for boys and girls. Each team played five games against Heathfield, Holyrood, St Dunstan’s, Kingsmead and Crispin Schools and after some tough matches, the girls ended the day undefeated; winning the deciding match 3-0 against Bishop Fox’s School. Indeed, they only drew one game making them the Somerset U15 Handball Champions at their first ever tournament. Next for the girls is to represent Somerset in the Regional Competition on Wednesday 2 May 2018 in Paignton. Well done to the team: Zoe Collyer, Ruth Day, Liv Dilly, Izzi Morgan, Ellen Scantlebury (Captain), Ruby Stickley, Millie Stoyles, Izzy Taylor, Kylie Turner and Scarlett West for their outstanding performance. Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball: “Congratulations to the girls on their wonderful achievement as the County Handball Champions! I am very proud of them for working brilliantly together as a team...... more